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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $115
  • Forthcoming: June 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-26305-3
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The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis

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Jane Piper Clendinning (Author, Florida State University College of Music), Elizabeth West Marvin (Author, Eastman School of Music)


The most comprehensive and integrated package for every music theory classroom.

The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis is a complete package of theory and aural skills resources that covers every topic commonly taught in the undergraduate sequence. The package can be mixed and matched for every classroom, and with Norton’s new Know It? Show It! online pedagogy, students can watch video tutorials as they read the text, access formative online quizzes, and tackle workbook assignments in print or online. In its third edition, The Musician’s Guide retains the same student-friendly prose and emphasis on real music that has made it popular with professors and students alike.


Endorsements & Reviews

“Including video micro-lectures is fantastic.” — Greg McCandless (Full Sail University)

“It attempts . . . to put the music first and the theory second.” — Brad Osborn (University of Kansas)

“It is a complete undergraduate education in music theory, and then some, in one package.” — Peter Silberman (Ithaca College)

“It is . . . accessible to every music major in a conservatory or university setting and chock-full of practical musical insights. I have had more success teaching with this text than with any other.” — Christopher Doll (Rutgers University)

Pathbreaking media prepares students for class and homework

The Third Edition features new Know It? Show It! online pedagogy for students to complete as they read each chapter. First, video tutorials illuminate key learning objectives and illustrate problems similar to those in the workbook. Then formative-assessment exercises powered by InQuizitive challenge students with questions—many featuring musical notation—until they demonstrate the skills they'll need to complete workbook assignments. Constructive feedback points struggling students back to the book and tutorials. Finally, workbook assignments can be completed either on paper or online.  

Real music engages students

The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis places music before theory. Every chapter begins with listening; theory flows from the music. The text and workbook offer a rich repertoire that students know and perform—including classical and popular music—for a range of instruments, and the text offers insights on how to apply theoretical concepts to performance. With this spiral-learning method, students revisit works as they progress through the book. Every time they encounter a composition, their understanding deepens.  

More accessible than ever

Streamlined, conversational prose offers an inviting introduction to music theory for all students, and chapters on form and twentieth-century music have been reorganized for a smoother pedagogical progression. In-text features such as Key Concepts and Summaries highlight the most important elements for students to retain, while self-grading Try It exercises scattered throughout each chapter offer students ample opportunity to practice as they learn.  

Flexible and integrated

The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis addresses every topic commonly taught in the undergraduate theory sequence—from fundamentals to form to twentieth-century theory—eliminating the need for costly additional texts and offering the option of complete coordination between aural skills and written theory. Students study related concepts simultaneously in both classes, so written and aural skills are mutually reinforcing. Instructors can mix and match print and online resources to suit the needs of their program, and The Musician’s Guide texts can be customized for specialized classes, such as form and analysis or post-tonal theory.